Topic: Kabbalistic Concepts | Posted:February 5, 2014
The portion of Tetzaveh is the only reading in the entire Torah where the name of Moses is not mentioned. Why is this?
One of the explanations the kabbalists give is that it is a result of Moses' own words; when the Creator wanted to destroy the Israelites after the Golden Calf, Moses told the Creator that if he did that, the Creator should “erase me from Your book!!” And even though the Creator did not destroy the Israelites, because it came out of the mouth of Moses, it had to be fulfilled. And this is the portion when it is fulfilled, when his name isn’t mentioned.
But there is a deeper explanation.
When Moses was born, it says, “they saw him, that he was good.” The kabbalists explain that the secret of those words is that Moses’ soul came from what is called the Or HaGanuz, the Concealed Light. And we know that in order to bring an end to pain, suffering, and death, our job is to reveal that Concealed Light. Therefore, we need to come to understand what the secret of that Concealed Light is.
Everything in this world has the Light of the Creator in it. We are alive, not because our body is intact, but because the Light of the Creator is being infused into our body all the time. A cup exists not because it exists, but because the Light of the Creator is being infused in it all the time. Everything around us is the Light of the Creator concealed within physicality.
Therefore, the concept of Or HaGanuz really means that the Light of the Creator exists, but is concealed within the confines of physicality. That’s true of objects, people, and also of actions – when somebody says or does something to us that we don’t want to hear, we know that within that action is the Light of the Creator. Within those actions, within those words, there is the Concealed Light of the Creator.
The Concealed Light, the Or HaGanuz, is not some Supernal place that we want to connect to. It is the Light that is concealed within everything that we already know, and an elevated person is somebody who sees more and more of the physicality around him as the Light of the Creator; that’s the secret of Or HaGanuz.
So, then what does it mean that Moses’ soul was of the Or HaGanuz, and that it says about him that he was good? It means that everything Moses saw was the Light of the Creator. And when a person is connected to the Or HaGanuz, he can see everything. Therefore, the purpose of our spiritual work is to connect to that frequency, to that reality of the Or HaGanuz. Because the only way you can see - not just things around you, but everything in its truest form - is by connecting to the reality of the Concealed Light.
Every day when we make the choice to say this is not the Light of the Creator concealed within this action or person, we are disconnecting from the Or HaGanuz, and we will never gain the ability to truly see. But more important than that, we can never bring miracles or change unless we connect to the Concealed Light; the importance of forcing ourselves to connect to the Concealed Light is not simply because it makes us more spiritual or it makes us more elevated, but because unless we truly begin living the Concealed Light, we will not have the ability to create change, to create miracles, and more importantly, to bring the ultimate Light of the Final Correction to this world.
What is revealed, what we receive, on this Shabbat is the strength, the desire, the ability to look at everything around us, and see the Concealed Light. To look at everything that happens to us, and constantly push ourselves to see the Concealed Light. Because if we don’t push ourselves to see it, we block ourselves from miracles, from change, and from the ability to bring about the Light that will bring the End of the Correction.
Being spiritual and doing actions of connection are not enough. On this Shabbat we therefore need to strive to not simply make a connection to the Concealed Light, but to bring about the ability to maintain that connection every day, and each day grow it stronger and stronger.